Messor barbarus colony, queen and 1-4 workers

Messor barbarus colony, queen and 1-4 workers

Messor barbarus, an interesting ant species from southern Europe. This species is also known as the harvester ant because of their behavior to harvest seeds and cereals. ...More information
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Messor barbarus 1-4


The Messor barbarus ant also called the harvest ant. She becomes the gathering (grass) seeds. These seeds they chew fine and vemengen them with moisture. For example, "harvest" the seeds them into a kind of bread ants, which serves as a power supply. Our ant colonies consist of a queen with brood and several workers. This number depends on the number of eggs that developed into ant (egg-larva-pupa-ant). This colony has been 1 to 4 workers and the workers are thus handled by the queen ant itself.


The power set above including seed is a complete diet for this species. The set consists of sugar water, honeydew, fruit flies and a starter seeds. The starter seeds is enough for the first year.

Suitable for

The ant colony is intended for the ant farms of acrylic, gypsum and sand. We also recommend the use of an arena. The ants there can get their nourishment and bringing waste. Many products have integrated an arena. For the first time the tube has enough room for the colony. On several Ant Farms You can find these ant colony in a back combination offer price.
Find your ants to a gel ant farm, we recommend the ant family.

Packing and Shipping

In the picture you can see how the product actually supplied by us. The colony is in a test tube with a cotton behind what the water supply in order to keep the tube nest partially damp. The colony can be up to a few weeks without treatment in this tube (after receipt). As long as we give warranty for the life of the queen. Does the queen not alive or it dies within a few weeks, we will provide a replacement colony.

Specifications and information

Scientific name Messor barbarus
Dutch name The harvest ant
Difficulty Class 1. beginner
Queen | Gyne: 14-18 mm
workers: 3-14 mm
The greater the colony, the larger the ants that come in
Mediors and Majors (soldiers).
Type colony: Monogyn, one queen per nest.
Type of litter: Sand Nests, relatively deep. Very broad, often under grass.
Also, under rocks, and only in sand.
Temperature: Room temperature, 15-30 degrees
hibernation: No, but hibernation. Our advice: slightly cooler
Keep in winter around 15 degrees.
For example, in the cellar, cooler attic or barn.
Our experience: even in winter on kamertemeratuur
keep this ant colonies develop well.
Power supply: Sugar or honey water and small insects:
Our advice for smaller colonies: fruit flies.
Main power: various seeds (grass seed, bird seed,
dandelion seeds etc ...)
humidity: Simple. Opinion: Part nest holding something moist
This kind of love dryer for example Lasius
niger and Myrmica rubra.
distribution: (South) and Europe (North) Africa
Opinion Ant Farm: Acrylic, gypsum or sand, including use Arena Area
Comments: - Messor barbarus is a common ant species
in Southern Europe. You can find them there in gardens, parks and
forest areas. With patience you can put them in an ant
farm good rear and observe. They are
particularly interesting because of their food (seeds). They have
space needed to store the seeds and use thereby
they soon more nesting space than other ant species.
- Also come in larger mediors and Majors colonies.
Larger ants that protect the job (soldiers) have.
- Messor colonies develop faster than the average
Most species from the Netherlands. In the Ant Farms grow
them out into colonies of hundreds or a few thousand ants.
Do you want it bigger, then of course you can always stay extra
- Messor barbarus is our favorite ant species ;-)